Made a save at local petco

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One of the easiest and best ways to help your fish feel better is clean water! If you are already on a regular water change schedule (50% weekly is recommended) a good step to making your fish more comfortable while waiting for diagnosis/suggestions is to do a large water change immediately. Feel free to repeat daily or as often as you can, clean water is always a good thing! Use of Amquel or Prime as a dechlor may help with any ammonia or nitrite issues, and is highly recommended.

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Made a save at local petco

Postby Anothernewb on Tue Jun 26, 2012 3:38 am

Went into a local petco today to pick up some stuff and realized that there saltwater fish looked really bad. All completely covered in ich. Guy said they were doing everything they could but being corporate they were hampered. Happened to see in the top corner of the bottom tank a 5 1/2 inch stars and stripes. Talked to the guy for a bit and talked him into half price since it was sick. Couldn't handle it dying to brought it home to my hospital tank along with a couple of fire clowns. Using jungle fizz tabs lowered salinity to 1.018 and raised temp to 84. What else should I do.
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Re: Made a save at local petco

Postby puffykid on Tue Jun 26, 2012 12:50 pm

That was really nice of you to put in your time and energy for this puffer and try to save him. Are you going to keep or rehome him later? How come you lowered the s.g to 1.018?

Does he have some decor to hide by to make him feel safe? Turning off the light for the day will also help him to feel better and less scared. Don't be surprised if he doesn't eat for a few days, but doing an extra water change a day will get him on the road to feeling better and the extra water movement will keep the water pristine.
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Re: Made a save at local petco

Postby Anothernewb on Tue Jun 26, 2012 1:29 pm

Read that lowering the SG helped cure the ich faster. Will probably keep him but haven't decided. He is in my old 55 gsp tank with full decor live rock plants all kinds of places to hide. Doing treatments and 60% water changes daily. He looks pretty rough still, way skinny and completely covered.
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Re: Made a save at local petco

Postby Anothernewb on Tue Jun 26, 2012 1:48 pm

Been looking for a larger tank to see if I can keep this guy but not looking good. So will probably get him healthy and find him a happy home. The largest available tank I have now is a 75 which would be fine for a little while but by no means for very long.
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Re: Made a save at local petco

Postby Pufferpunk on Tue Jun 26, 2012 6:19 pm

You need to lower it to 1,.009. If the clowns were in the same system, keep them together.
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Re: Made a save at local petco

Postby Anothernewb on Tue Jun 26, 2012 6:30 pm

Wow that low, will work on it tonight with water change. Clowns were in same tank and all. May have him up for sale when fixed up if anyone interested. I'll have $25 in with meds and all so let me know. Don't want to just can't afford $1000 tank setup right after back surgery.
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Re: Made a save at local petco

Postby puffykid on Tue Jun 26, 2012 7:29 pm

I'm a marine novice = p

learning about it now actually cause taking my gsp full marine over summer.
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Re: Made a save at local petco

Postby J-P on Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:25 pm

S&S WOW!! That is a serious puffer. It is like a swimming rugby ball when fully grown! You are lucky to have it. Do your best and we're cheering you on.
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Re: Made a save at local petco

Postby Anothernewb on Wed Jun 27, 2012 12:35 am

Found a deep 200 gallon cube almost. Would that be enough or is a longer tank better? How slow should I drop my SG to 1.009?
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Re: Made a save at local petco

Postby Pufferpunk on Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:06 am

You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

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Re: Made a save at local petco

Postby Anothernewb on Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:42 am

Read thru part of the article last night, will read it all today. Made more sense of it.
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Re: Made a save at local petco

Postby Anothernewb on Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:43 pm

The stars and stripes I got.


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Re: Made a save at local petco

Postby FADE2BLACK_1973 on Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:23 pm

I had the same problems with ick many many years ago. I finally added a uv to the system. Helped alot for clearing up the free swimming ick. And also boosting the immune system is a must. Vitamin C, HUFA's, and other immune boosters really makes a huge difference.
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Re: Made a save at local petco

Postby Anothernewb on Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:54 pm

Seems to be getting more active and actually eating. Hope thats a good sign.
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Re: Made a save at local petco

Postby Anothernewb on Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:55 pm

He actually chased down a ghost shrimp today, was so excited. Spots are starting to go away. Hoping to get a 300 gallon in the next month. I dread the bill for the live rock..........
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